The Anubias barteri var. glabra is widely found in West Africa, in countries spanning from Guinea to Gabun. Dense pupolations of the plant can be spotted along river banks and across rocks that are found in and around forest rivulets, sharing the same ecosystem as Bolbitis heudelotii and Crinum natans. These plants grow in various sizes, but are visibly differentiated from comparable species by its' elongated leaf blades. Many times, the plant is planted in the substrate and bound in between rocks when used in aquariums while being attached to the glass of the tank, but the rhizome must remain uncovered in order for the plant to thrive.